Thursday
Apr032014

WOD 4.3.14

Fitness

For time:
400m Run
15-9-6 reps of:
Power Snatches
Lateral Over the Bar Burpee
then finish with another 400m Run

Performance

"Amanda"
9-7-5 Reps for time of:
Squat Snatch 135/95
Muscle-Ups


Post time and Rx to comments.

Val's Post 14.5 "recovery" position

Spring Cleaning with CFSBK

Did you know that an average of 70lbs of textiles per person and 54 million tons of paper goes into landfills each year? Tread a little more lightly and get some spring cleaning in by joining the first ever CFSBK clothing & book swap 2-4p on Saturday, April 19 after group class. Bring your gently used adult (casual and professional) and children clothing and books to swap with other members.  Sign-up the comments section of the event page and let us know what you will be bringing!

 


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How Kendra Bailey does CrossFit with one arm

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Mom's Story

Wednesday
Apr022014

WOD 4.2.14

5 Rounds of:
Bench Press, Heavy 5
Row 500m


Rest as needed between rounds. If you don't hit all 5 reps on any set of bench presses your score is zero for that round.

Post all 5 bench press work sets and 500m row times.

Bekka P putting her fitness to good use by going surfing in Costa Rica

Bike Maintenence Class this Saturday at CFSBK

Springtime weather is around the corner and CFSBK wants to help you prepare for bike riding season! Bicycle Habitat will be bringing their basic bike maintenance class from their 5th Avenue shop to 597 DeGraw specially for CFSBK, 2:30p-4p on Saturday, April 5. Course will include:

  • Flat repair tips, including time saving techniques and ways to ensure a successful repair.
  • Basic brake and gear adjustment, including familiarity with barrel adjusters.
  • Maintenance tips like drivetrain lubrication and proper tire inflation.
  • Checking for signs of wear and an overview of bike safety checks.
  • Time for open Q&A.

You'll be able to roll in your own bike to use as an example during the class!  The class will be more instructional in nature, but bring any bike tools you already have in case there is time for tinkering!  $10 per person, class is capped at 25.  Sign up and pay in advance at the Front Desk by April 3.

Athlete wanted for VICE

Do you like working out and blasting loud, aggressive tunes? If so, want to help a local music writer from VICE with a story about whether Oi!—a brutish, working-class offshoot of punk rock popularized in Britain in the late '70s—makes you lift more, run faster, jump higher, etc., etc. All you need to do is listen to an Oi! soundtrack on a few workouts and report back on how the music made you feel. If you wouldn't mind submitting a photo and answering a few follow-up questions, that'd be great. If you're game for helping out, email Ken.partridge(AT)gmail.com.

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Science and Art meet at Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Meet "Slowmo" NYT

Tuesday
Apr012014

Rest Day

The Gym Needs Rest Too!

2014 Open Summary

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2014 CrossFit Open. This year 209,585 people registered for the Open, including 127 CFSBKers. This year saw a variety of twists to the programming of Open workouts and ended with quite a bang. Share in the comments what you thought about the programming this year, any overall notes on your experience and what you got out of it.

14.1
As many rounds in 10 minutes as possible of:
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches, 75/55

14.2
For as long as possible:

From 0:00-3:00
  2 rounds of: 
  10 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
  10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00
  2 rounds of:
  12 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
  12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00
  2 rounds of:
  14 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.   14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Following the same pattern until the athlete cannot complete the perscribed work in the allotted time frame.

14.3
8 minute AMRAP:

10 deadlifts, 135 / 95 lb. 
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
15 deadlifts, 185 / 135 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
20 deadlifts, 225 / 155 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
25 deadlifts, 275 / 185 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
30 deadlifts, 315 / 205 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
35 deadlifts, 365 / 225 lb. 
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch

14.4
14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row 
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

14.5
For time
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Thrusters, 95 / 65 lb.
Burpees

FINAL CFSBK Men's Leaderboard
FINAL CFSBK Women's Leaderboard

Special congrats to Bob S who ranked 5th place in the North East and 34th worldwide in the master 55-59 year old division. Also to Jacinto B who ranked 2nd place in the North East and 19th worldwide in the masters 60+ year old division. Note that at 74 years old Jacinto is giving up 14 years to many of his fellow competitors.
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Josh Bridges does 14.5 in 7:49
The Upstanding Desk is a Kickstarter campaign which ends this afternoon. The project converts normal desks into standing work stations at a very low cost.

Monday
Mar312014

Open Workout 13.2

AMRAP 10 minutes:
5 Push Press 115/75
10 Deadlift 115/75
15 Box jumps 24/20

Post rounds completed and Rx to comments.

Thruster Cascade

  • There's a new post on Inside the Affiliate about ancillary equipment we think is essential. Check it out
  • Don't forget, you can bring your olympic lifting shoes back! Shoe storage rules can be found on Saturday's Post
  • Have you filled out our Feedback Form? Please let us know what you think!

Why Join a CSA?

Are you curious to know why CFSBK supports the Community Supported Agriculture model? Our very own Margie Lempert, founder of the CSA program here and currently finishing a masters' degree in agroecology at the University of Wisconsin, will approach that question from several angles in a short series of articles. The first outlined the differences between industrial agriculture and agroecology. In Part 2, below she delves deeper into the ethical issues of animal welfare, and makes an argument for the ways in which an agroecological style of animal husbandry supports both a more "humane" and simultaneously more "animal" approach to livestock production.

Animal welfare is an enormous topic in livestock agriculture; here are just two aspects to consider.

Cows, Grass, Grains and Gas

A cow was meant to eat grass, not corn, soy or gummy bears. Blah blah blah… heard that a million times… got it. Perhaps not a message worth repeating, but rather explaining.

Cows’ tummies are sensitive. Their digestion is complicated, and success is highly dependent on the microorganisms that colonize the rumen, a cow’s largest of four stomach chambers. In fact, those little microbes are doing the heavy lifting of breaking down feedstock into available nutrients. What a cow eats impacts the conditions of its rumen, which determine the success of one microbial population or another.

The most troubling and ubiquitous problem a cow can develop is rumen acidosis, which occurs when the pH level of cow’s stomach drops to become more acidic. There are a number of factors that contribute to acidosis, but diet makeup is one of the biggest. Fast digesting carbohydrates induce fast acting microbial fermentation, which lowers rumen pH. Here’s what acidosis can cause: lethargy, excessive panting, bloat, diarrhea, poor milk production, hoof problems, anorexia, liver abscesses, and death.

Fast digesting carbohydrates means grains. Grasses are cellulosic and starchy; grains are sugary and easy to break down.

The benefit of feeding a cow a grain heavy diet is that it fattens quickly, which we want in an efficient, high output system. On a feedlot, we can get a cow to about 630 kg in 10 months; on a grass-based farm it takes 22-24 months to get a cow to about 540 kg. The former is obviously superior for satisfying demand. But there’s that troubling side effect of making the cow sick in the process. Antibiotics are a handy prophylactic tool, and as a bonus, confer growth benefits.

There’s also the change in microbial populations to consider. E. coli is probably the one we’re most familiar with. All cows have E. coli in their rumen (people too), but an acidic environment is favorable for E. coli to proliferate and survive. On a feedlot, there are a lot of animals confined to a small space, so they inevitably muck around in each other’s crap. Without the use of antibiotics, we risk E. coli ridden poop getting mixed into our ground beef. In the commodity system, it’s necessary to protect animals and people.

In pastured systems, cows are eating food that agrees with them, so they suffer from acidosis far less often, and less severely. Animals certainly get sick, but vets aren’t on staff like they are on a feedlot. Use of antibiotics is restricted to an illness that warrants treatment, such as pink eye. (As a side note - the organic beef program does not allow use of any antibiotics, but that can pose problems as well.)

Animals Expressing Their Animalness

Aside from the difference in disease prevalence on a feedlot vs. a pasture-based farm, there’s this idea that part of what makes a system humane is the ability for the animal to express its natural “animalness.” This is a strange, but intuitive concept that I best understood when I visited a large-scale confinement dairy operation followed by several grass-based dairies in Wisconsin. (I don’t know if you realize this, but Wisconsin is big into dairy.)

At Rosy Lane, the 800 or so cows live in absolutely pristine barns the size of football fields. They are well ventilated, mostly free from flies and each animal has its own stall bedded down in sand, which helps to minimize mastitis. Cows come into the milking parlor twice a day where employees neatly attach rubber suctions to their teats to extract milk. Animals are monitored carefully with fancy instruments for any signs of infection.

Upon closer inspection, a few odd things emerge: first of all, these Holsteins are humongous. Absolute milk beasts. Identical to the point that they are bred to have evenly spaced teats so that the rubber suctions can be applied and removed quickly – getting them in and out of the parlor fast is a point of pride for the owners. Cows live in their stalls and don’t really go out except to be escorted to the milking parlor. They are fed grains and a cocktail of drugs to suppress associated problems.

This is an example of an exceptional confinement operation. Animals are by and large healthy in this system, but the system itself is based on the idea that these cows are solely a means to an end: high volume milk production. The farmer’s path to profit is to make more, which leaves no opportunity for the cows to be cows, only to be milk suppliers.

We have to walk a ways out into the pasture to visit with Bert Paris’ cows. The herd of about 80 are shading themselves under some trees; it’s a warm day, and it has been a droughty year so they are running a little leaner than ideal, but still healthy. Fortunately, Bert had made enough hay from his land to supplement the less productive grass. His cows are all different sizes and colors. As he explains it, the variety comes from cross breeding cows based on characteristics like temperament, ability to learn the daily routine and the right body type for the climate. These qualities are more important to him than “high producers” because he sees his cows as long-term employees who have to get along with each other and him, be reliable and adapt to seasonal climate shifts. Bert is part of a grass-based cooperative where members pool their milk to make high-end cheese. He doesn’t produce nearly the same volume of milk as Rosy Lane, but he can extract a bit more value from it by turning it into cheese and yogurt, and selling excess milk to Organic Valley. Bert sees cows as participants rather than vehicles for milk.

The two farms both want to maintain healthy animals, but with different perspectives on how and why. If livestock welfare is important you, how do you define a healthy approach? Do you think as long as an animal is free from disease, it achieves good health?

 Coming up next…. Environmental impacts

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Don't forget to submit your 14.5 score by tonight at 8:00pm!

Sunday
Mar302014

Partner WOD 3.30.15

AMRAP 30 Minutes:
10 Toes to Bar or 15 AbMat Sit Ups
20 Russian Kettlebell Swings 72/53
40 Double Unders


Partners alternate complete rounds until the 30 minute cap.

Post total rounds completed, partner and Rx to comments.

Karl gets his 14.4 on with Fraiser as his judge

Meat CSA: Free gift for new members and NEW refer-a-friend bonus! 

We are having a special sign-up bonus for new members who join the Herondale meat and poultry CSA in the months of April or May.

New 15-lb share members will receive three of our most-loved items: a juicy NY strip steak, a pack of pork chops, and a pack of our legendary bacon. That's in addition to the regular share - a $50 bonus! 

New 10-lb share members will receive a NY strip and a pack of bacon in addition to the regular share - a $35 bonus!

Refer-a-friend: Any existing CSA member who refers someone to the program will receive 2 packs of the brand-new Jacuterie bacon - choose any 2 from Jack's great new flavors (maple, honey garlic, or Italian.) All are mouth-wateringly good, so refer your friends today! Write to csa@herondalefarm.com to make it happen. Remember, you don't need to be a member of CFSBK to belong to the CSA.

Sign up here.

Questions? Email mignyc at gmail dot com.

Bring Your Bike Out of Winter Hibernation!

Springtime weather is around the corner and CFSBK wants to help you prepare for bike riding season! Bicycle Habitat will be bringing their basic bike maintenance class from their 5th Avenue shop to 597 DeGraw specially for CFSBK, 2:30p-4p on Saturday, April 5. Course will include:

  • Flat repair tips, including time saving techniques and ways to ensure a successful repair.
  • Basic brake and gear adjustment, including familiarity with barrel adjusters.
  • Maintenance tips like drivetrain lubrication and proper tire inflation.
  • Checking for signs of wear and an overview of bike safety checks.
  • Time for open Q&A.

You'll be able to roll in your own bike to use as an example during the class!  The class will be more instructional in nature, but bring any bike tools you already have in case there is time for tinkering!  $10 per person, class is capped at 25.  Sign up and pay in advance at the Front Desk by April 3
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The beginning of everything

Saturday
Mar292014

Open Workout 14.5

For time
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Thrusters, 95 / 65 lb.
Burpees


For the full workout description, click here.

To keep classes running on time, we're going to cap this workout at 25 minutes. Athletes can assign themselves a one minute penalty for every rep they don't finish under the cap.

Alternate WOD

For time
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Wall Ball Shots
Burpees


Eduardo C getting down with Wall Ball

Bring Your Shoes Back

We got our new shoe racks in from BLKWD inc. We think with the new space we'll be able to fit most if not all the shoes we had originally. Here are some shoe storage rules:

  • Please write your name on the heel of your shoe somewhere. The front Desk has gel pens that work great for this.
  • To maximise cubby storage, please store your shoes on top of each other with one heel and one toe facing out.
  • Shoes can be stored below the bottom steel framed rack on the floor. Do NOT put shoes ON the steel racks, those are for bags.
  • The Front Desk has shoe spray, we will make occasional sweeps to all the shoes but please take the time to spray your own shoes about once a week.

Please fill out our Feedback Form!

CFSBK wants to hear from you! Please take a couple minutes to fill out this feedback form regarding your experience, opinions and requests for what we offer and do at CFSBK.

CFSBK Feedback Form

Shauna S wants you to know about the Pat's Run

As many of you know, Pat Tillman played in the NFL for four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.  After 9/11, Pat declined a huge contract to enlist and serve as a Ranger with the U.S. Army.  Pat lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.

All New York-area residents have the opportunity to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman and support veterans, their families, and the Tillman Military Scholars program by participating in Pat's Run NY Shadow Run on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm.  Through a partnership with EY Veterans Group and the ASU Alumni Association, the New York Shadow Run will begin at Pier 84 near the Intrepid Museum and will continue south down the West Side Highway and finish at the World Trade Center.  To date, 290 Tillman Military Scholars representing 37 states and attending 74 academic institutions nationwide, including many here in New York, have been awarded more than $3.8 million.

Please register

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SLOW LIFE
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Friday
Mar282014

Rest Day

Michael A confuses his arms and legs again

  • Beautify Rockaway Beach aims to beautify over a dozen of the buildings along Rockaway Beach Blvd which were devastated by Sandy. Beautify Earth is currently raising money to finance the painting of murals, provide street cleanups, and proposing a community garden / sculpture park in the neighborhood that will uplift the residents, stimulate the businesses, and create smiles on peoples' faces. For more information and to donate, click here.

Please fill out our Feedback Form!

CFSBK wants to hear from you! Please take a couple minutes to fill out this feedback form regarding your experience, opinions and requests for what we offer and do at CFSBK.

CFSBK Feedback Form

14.5 Logistics

The final workout for the 2014 CrossFit Open has been released as:

For time
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Thrusters, 95 / 65 lb. Burpees


For the full workout description, click here.

To keep classes running on time, we're going to cap this workout at 25 minutes. Athletes can assign themselves a one minute penalty for every rep they don't finish under the cap. There will be an alternate workout programmed for folks not competing in the open with the same rep scheme but substituting Wall Balls for thrusters.

What will your strategy for 14.5 be?

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Jacinto Bonilla 73 year old CrossFitter (and CFSBKer!)
I Think Divergent Is Secretly About CrossFit